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These Mosquito Hunters Franchisees Keep It All in the Family

The Mosquito Hunters business model provides both teaching opportunities and a lasting legacy for these proud parents-turned-franchisees.

By Allison Stone1851 Contributor
SPONSORED 8:08AM 11/07/19

When it comes to investing in a franchise, it is not uncommon for franchisees to wait until they are empty nesters or reaching retirement. Raising children and running a business might seem like a daunting and time-consuming endeavor, but that’s not the case for Mosquito Hunters franchisees Anthony and Eliza Scheeda of Buffalo, New York. 

The high profit margins, region-specific seasonality and low buy-in costs of a Mosquito Hunters franchise often attract prospective owners with families who are looking for a way to diversify their income without having to sacrifice much-needed time spent with their children. The Scheedas began looking into franchising as a way to satisfy precisely these needs. 

“One of the things that we really liked about Mosquito Hunters is the seasonal recurring revenue model,” said Scheeda. “Not only are we not working year-round, but having that break also gives us time to reflect on the business. We get to see where we did well, what we can improve and how we can make the next season even better.” 

Anthony went on to say that the simplicity and ease of operations were ideal for first-time owners like him and his wife. “Compared to my background in corporate America, the support that Mosquito Hunters offers has been awesome,” he said. Anthony stated that he and Mosquito Hunters’ founder and Chief Hunter  Andy Fuller share very similar stories when it comes to working in the corporate world—in fact, it was Andy’s story that inspired him to finally go into business for himself. 

A Mosquito Hunters franchise can be easily run out of the home, making it ideal for parents of young children who want to both save on costly childcare expenses and while still exposing their children to the ins and outs of business ownership from a young age. 

“My wife is a stay-at-home mom and she wanted to transition back into the workforce,” said Anthony. “This business model has been perfect for us because we can run it out of our home. She’s very ambitious and she really loves what she is doing.”

The Scheedas’ children are ages 5, 8 and 13, and Anthony has even noticed their eldest son showing interest in business operations. “He wants to learn how to do some of the things my wife does like invoicing and scheduling,” said Anthony. “Our children see the technicians coming to the house and they always ask a ton of questions.”

For Ben and Deb Mudd of Kirkwood-Webster Groves-South County, Missouri, the franchise operates like a full-fledged family business. The Mudd’s have three sons: Trent, Joey and David. As a third-generation military man, Ben always assumed his sons would follow in his footsteps. Now, he’s simply thrilled to support them in whatever endeavor they choose. 

Their eldest, David, age 21, worked as the business’s primary technician between semesters at college where he is currently studying to be a teacher. David and Deb often travel together to clients’ homes to perform services and get to know their customer base. 

“Deb is really the heart and soul of our business,” said Ben. “She is an incredible person—always full of joy and she always has a sweet smile on her face. She meets every customer and spends time with them, talking about their property and looking for areas that may breed mosquitoes. Her warm, positive attitude makes the business so much more enjoyable for us and our clients.”

Joey, age 16, also lends a helping hand, assisting with outdoor events and distributing door hangers throughout the local community. 

Their son Trent, 13, even transforms into the mustachioed mascot Gunther. “He really hams it up,” said Ben. “He does a wonderful job with it. He even did a parade where he walked for miles on July Fourth weekend while I drove the mosquito mobile behind him,” said Ben.

Having time to spend together as a family was the Mudds’ top priority when they signed on with Mosquito Hunters in 2018. “We decided a decade ago to invest in businesses that we can operate without having to sacrifice time spent together as a family,” said Ben. “Sometimes putting our family first presents challenges, but those hardships often teach us the greatest lessons.”

“We’re trying to show our kids that you can carve out a great life for yourself if you’re willing to put in the sacrifice up front,” Ben continued “They see every aspect of the business as we move it from start to finish. We don’t hide anything from them because we want them to be prepared for life.”

And what does Ben feel about the prospect of continuing the Mosquito Hunters business as a true family affair?

“We love to do these things and work together. I don’t want to do anything except for work with my wife and kids every day if I can,” Ben said.

“We want to create a legacy for our kids, but we also believe they should be doing whatever they feel passionate about,” said Ben of his and Deb’s Mosquito Hunters business. “Our goal is to build this business to pass down to them if they want to run it, but if they choose to go down another path, we will support that as well.”

The initial start up investment for Mosquito Hunters is between $70,107 and $85,903 with a franchise fee of $35,000. To learn more about franchising opportunities with Mosquito Hunters, visit

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